Creepypasta is a collection of [[NightmareFuel creepy, frightening, and/or utterly terrifying]] (and sometimes [[{{Narm}} laughably terrible]]) horror fiction stories that originated from, and still are floating around, the Internet. The name itself is a portmanteau of "copypasta", a term for pieces of text — most commonly long-form jokes — that are commonly copied and pasted throughout the internet, and "creepy". They can range anywhere from [[GhostStory ghost stories]] or [[MindScrew mind-bending]] [[SurrealHorror tales of terror]], to [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos stories about slim businessmen.]]

There are several common traits among them:

* A lack of disclaimer from their authors stating the work is fiction, which may cause the lines of reality and fantasy [[ParanoiaFuel to blend.]] Often, real or well faked place names, character names, or website names are used. [[note]] (Here, "well faked" is defined as requiring an average person to do research to discover fictionality.) [[/note]]
* A FirstPersonPerspective is used. This is done easily in text-based pastas, but can be accomplished in video-based pastas through {{found footage|films}} camerawork and storyline.
* [[SurrealHorror Creepy or surreal imagery.]]
* The transformation of something from wholesome to perverse. Things that were once considered fun and entertaining are found to have a mysterious, dark underbelly. For example, [[WebOriginal/DeadBart a lost episode of a children's television program found to contain a bizarre or frightening narrative]], [[WebOriginal/AbandonedByDisney a haunted amusement park]], [[WebVideo/BenDrowned an obscure or haunted videogame,]] etc.
* [[NothingIsScarier A fear of the unknown.]] This is where Creepypasta takes a page out of the writing of Creator/HPLovecraft. While Creepypastas usually include supernatural malevolent entities, they are rarely vampires, demons, or witches. Rather, it is an "it", [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow a force that humans have no understanding of]]. Perhaps one of the most popular (and one of the few named) examples is [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]].

Archives where they can be found are [[ here,]] [[ here,]] [[ here,]] [[ here]], [[ here,]] and [[ here]]. There's also [[ a Wiki for Creepypastas]] and [[ a forum for the Creepypasta community]]. The WebVideo/SomeOrdinaryGamers Wiki [[ found here]] also have their own creepypastas for further reading. Can be found in illustrated form [[ here.]]

Often the subjects of [[AlternateRealityGame ARGs]], because audience participation can add whole new levels of NightmareFuel. Sometimes, these may actually have a decent ending.

Some works have also subjected the genre to a kind of {{defictionalization}} by making, eg., [[VideoGame/LunaGame a computer game]] that's exactly like something out of a creepypasta about a computer game, minus the part where the player dies and/or goes insane. This genre expansion has also had the effect of [[TropeDecay people calling]] all {{horror}} elements "creepypasta".

Not to be confused with [[UsefulNotes/FlyingSpaghettiMonster pasta that may be creepy]], [[ItCameFromTheFridge that two-week-old tuna casserole in the fridge]], or with a [[SinisterMinister Creepy Pastor]].

See also UrbanLegends, which are related and often share story elements, the Wiki/SCPFoundation (which has its origins in a creepypasta) and [[ Unfiction forums]].
!!Notable Creepypastas:
!!!With pages
* ''Literature/NineteenNinetyNine''
* ''WebOriginal/AbandonedByDisney''
** ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtTreasureIsland''
* ''WebVideo/{{Alantutorial}}''
* ''[[FanFic/AshsComa Ash's Coma]]''
* ''Fanfic/AxisPowersHetaliaEpisode235''
* ''WebOriginal/ABrightFlash''
* ''WebOriginal/BadCreepypasta''
* ''WebVideo/BenDrowned'' A very engaging pasta.
* ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'': The film's ViralMarketing campaign was [[UrExample one of the earliest examples]] of this.
* ''Literature/{{Borrasca}}''
* ''WebOriginal/CaptainsLog''
* ''DarthWiki/CandleCove''
* ''WebOriginal/CaseFileNo56''
* ''WebOriginal/TheChosenJournals''
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfTaras''
* ''WebOriginal/TheCrawlspace''
* ''Fanfic/CulDeSac''
* ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}'': This fanfiction's infamy has awarded it this status, even though it's not truly a creepypasta by definition.
* ''WebOriginal/DeadBart''
* ''Literature/TheDionaeaHouse'': [[UrExample Another pioneer of the genre]], appearing in stages from 2004-2006.
* Creator/DonKenn, who has his own section on the Creepypasta Wiki.
* ''Literature/{{Doors}}''
* ''VideoGame/DreamyRainbow'' (like ''VideoGame/LunaGame'', not really a creepypasta, but has elements of what would be in a creepypasta story)
* ''Literature/TheFamilyOfFangAndClaw'' (an anthology series in a novel whose installments, most infamously ''The Pancake Family'', started as a Creepypasta)
* ''Franchise/TheFearMythos''
* ''WebOriginal/FromHellIWrite''
* ''Literature/HappyAppy''
* ''WebOriginal/HappySunDaycare''
* ''Literature/TheHoldersSeries''
* ''WebOriginal/TheInterfaceSeries''
* ''WebOriginal/JeffTheKiller'' (now considered a trollpasta due to how bad it is)
* ''VideoGame/LunaGame'' (though admittedly it's not a creepypasta, per se; the games play exactly like games straight out of an ordinary creepypasta)
* The aptly-named ''Literature/NESGodzillaCreepypasta''
* ''Literature/PenPal'' was one originally, and was later adapted as a novel
* ''WebVideo/{{Petscop}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Polybius}}'': Possibly the [[UrExample original]] geekdom UrbanLegend, having been told since at least the early 1990s, before Creepypasta's existence as a recognized horror sub-genre.
* ''WebOriginal/{{Psychosis}}''
* ''WebOriginal/TheRake'': Began as a standalone pasta. Popularized by WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID.
* ''WebOriginal/TheRugratsTheory''
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' began with a rather short "story" about [[ SCP-173]] on a 4Chan forum thread ostensibly written by a user named [=Moto42=]. [[note]] [[ After posting the original story on /X/ and a week without internet, they stumbled upon the Foundation site, and this post is their reaction to what their creation had led to.]][[/note]]
* ''WebOriginal/SearchAndRescueWoods''
* ''Literature/SinceTheIncident''
* ''WebOriginal/TheSkinDaddy''
* ''Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos'': It's neither the TropeCodifier or TropeNamer, nor does it actually have much to do with the genre's creation, but by now it is legendary. [[note]]The stories (WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID in particular) are also the main reason why WebOriginal/TheRake is even vaguely well-known nowadays. Original Description: One of the most engaging out there, and currently the most well known.[[/note]]
* ''WebOriginal/TheSmilingMan''
* ''VideoGame/SonicExe'' (now considered a trollpasta due to how bad it is)
* ''FanFic/SquidwardsSuicide''
* ''WebOriginal/TheStorm''
* ''WebOriginal/SuicideMouse'': The supposed forerunner of the "lost episode" genre of Creepypastas.
* ''Literature/TheToadmanSaga''
* ''Literature/TheStrangestSecurityTapeIveEverSeen''
* ''WebOriginal/VoxAndKingBeau''
* ''WebOriginal/{{Zalgo}}''

!!!External links
* [[ The Art of Jacob Emory]]
* [[ The Books of Sand]]
* [[ The Dawn is Your Enemy]]
* [[ The Devil Game]]
* [[ Faces, Strange and Secret]] is a blog of creepypasta for Franchise/TheFearMythos and even has an [[ anthology]].
** [[ Channels, Static and Flickering]]; a spin-off blog of Faces, Strange and Secret dedicated to creepypasta based on Tower TV, a fictional broadcasting station that airs strange and disturbing programs.
* [[,_The_Grieving The Grieving]] is a fairly generic LostEpisode creepypasta of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' that is notable for actually [[AscendedMeme being mentioned in the show itself.]]
* [[ The Grifter]]
* [[ The House That Death Forgot]]
* [[ jvk1166z.esp]]: A creepypasta GameMod for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''[='s=] own [[ Herobrine]].
* [[ Laughing Jack]]
* ''[[ Lost Silver]]'': a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' creepypasta
** Notable as someone made an [[{{Defictionalization}} actual game]] based off of this creepypasta, although it isn't a hacked ROM but a game created in Game Maker. It faithfully recreates the game experiences of the original, and then expands upon the content through help of the author. It's strongly suggested that one play the game first and then read the original, since the original creepypasta is effectively one big spoiler for the game. Available [[ here.]]
** Another popular one is [[ Ghost Black]].
** [[ Easter Egg: Snow on Mt. Silver]]. Film adaptation [[ here]].
** [[ There's a whole]] tumblr filled with Pokémon creepypasta
* [[ The monster within...]]
* [[ Never Stop Running]]
* [[ NoEnd House]]
* [[]]
* [[ Russian Sleep Experiment]].
* [[ GHASTLY MACARONI!]], a Creepypasta parody by the webmaster of Website/{{Bogleech}}, full of StylisticSuck and remarkably spot-on mockery of Creepypasta's metafictional cliches.
** The webmaster also held a notable [[ Creepypasta contest]] as an event on his website, all the entries of which are on the site, along with the webmaster's own two more serious pastas [[ The Five]] and [[ Headed South]].
*** And this year there was [[ a second one]] with more than double the entries of the last!
** He also has his own Creepypasta mythology known as Noisy Tenant, the stories in which include [[ Harmburger]], [[ Doctor Dementist]], [[ Doctor H.M. Phage, T.E.]] and [[ Phage's Hospital]]. Harmburger also has a sequel in the form of the [[]][[ ARG]].
* [[ "Scarecrow" by R. Scabree: Reviewed as I Read]]
* [[ Skyler and Kylhapper]]
* [[ Suicide Mouse]]
* [[ Squidward's Suicide]]
* The works of [[ Slimebeast]], the most popular of which are [[ Abandoned by Disney]] and [[ Funnymouth]], and the most underrated of which include [[ Bonus Room]], [[ Afterpeople]] and [[ Call Me Buzz]].
* [[ Please Help Me]]: A blog of creepy tales. Not updated all that regularly, but what's there is pretty damn creepy.
* [[ Stranger on a Train]]
* [[ The Tick vs. Cancer]]
* [[ Tulpa]]
* [[ The Untitled Fantendo Story]] sorta fits this, especially in the "real life" chapters. Has a much happier ending, since the author did not write it intending for it to be creepypasta-like.
* [[ Zeddicker Casefiles]]: a serial blog that seems fairly new but is updated regularly. It combines the HardboiledDetective genre with dark fantasy. Not as nightmare inducing as some of the other links here, but it's really meant to be a paranormal detective story. That said, some elements of NightmareFuel are scattered throughout.
* [[ This amazon review]] claims that the television cables will create voices in an ancient language and cause widspread chaos.
* [[ The Patient That Nearly Drove Me Out of Medicine]] follows one ambitious, idealistic young medical resident's quest to cure an understaffed mental hospital's token "problem" patient. It...doesn't go the way he planned.
* [[ A collection of CreepyPastas]]

Creepypasta has also been subject to [[DramaticReading dramatic readings]] by an online group called ''WebVideo/TheMidnightSociety'' that post their work on Website/YouTube. Of them, the most prominent member is [[ MrCreepyPasta]]. He has a list of links to the others members' Website/YouTube channels on his own. They frequently crossover in each other's videos for the purpose of voicing different characters.

Other honorable mentions of dramatic readers include [[ CreepyPastaJr]], [[ CreepsMcPasta]], [[ Chilling Tales for Dark Nights]], and [[ SomeOrdinaryGamers]] (who focuses mainly on video game pastas, but does other creepypastas as well). There's also [[ Bad Creepypasta]] for a ''different'' view.
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!!Creepypastas contain examples of:
%%* AxCrazy: Many cases. So, ''so'' many.
* AbandonedArea: {{Abandoned hospital}}s, {{abandoned playground}}s, {{abandoned warehouse}}s, and {{haunted house}}s are the common ones amongst the ''abandoned areas'' selection.
* AbusiveParents: May be the source of some revenge-story Creepypasta.
%%* AdultsAreUseless: Adults may not be able to help...
* AdultFear:
** One ''Sims'' creepypasta describes the clown coming up to the house and kidnapping the player's Sim Children.
*** Your Friend features a Sim family being burned alive while one of the parents is out.
*** Sim Albert has this as well.
** [[ Zeddicker]] starts off in his first novella trying to track down a missing teenage girl.
** Barney the Dinosaur has a father buying an Actimates Barney doll for his son. The father hears him talking to the doll and at one point swears that he hears a deep voice responding to his son and becomes suspicious of it. Because of this, his son becomes distant and starts claiming that Barney talks to him. The ending has [[spoiler: the son being kidnapped by the previous owner of the doll who had been talking to the boy through a radio in the doll and lured him out to his van.]]
* AlienGeometries: Common, considering that a lot of 'pastas are meant to be in the MindScrew-y nature.
** The buildings in [[ NoEnd House]] and [[ Bored?]] definitely qualify.
* AllHallowsEve: These can and do take place at ''any'' time of the year, but God help any unfortunate soul who is the main character of one that does take place as Halloween, considering how potent some of the horrors in these are ''at regular times of the year.''
* AllInTheEyes: Often crosses over with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red or black eyes take warning]].
%%* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The Slender Man gets this a lot, due to his ambiguous nature.
* AlternateRealityGame: Many Creepypastas with engaging AudienceParticipation evolve into [=ARGs=]. WebVideo/BenDrowned and Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos are notable examples.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: A surprising amount of creepypastas have their entire story based on things that are actually ''real''! Some examples include ''Hello Kitty Murders'', ''Rap Rat'', and many lost episodes. [[note]]Granted, most lost episodes won't involve the characters being killed or raped, like the creepypastas, but they do exist.[[/note]]
* AnachronicOrder: In ''A Shattered Life'', the protagonist ends up infected by a soul-leech, which makes him experience his life all out of order.
* AnAesop: Some try to shoehorn in a lesson, to varying success.
** ''[[MustHaveCaffeine My Coffee Addiction is Killing Me]]'' has the protagonist addicted to some really good coffee, and his life is absolutely ruined because of it. Turns out, [[spoiler: a demon that feeds on misery chose to punish him because he was mean to homeless people and [[DisposableSexWorker hookers]].]]
* AndIMustScream: How more than a few of these end.
** ''The Other Side of the Grave'' states that when you die, your remains stay concious but unable to move.
%%* AnonymousAuthor
* AnimalisticAbomination: In ''My Dog Was Lost for Three Days'', some... creature masquerades as the author's dog. The two things that tip him off that it's not his beloved doggo are that it gets a little bit longer every time he looks at it, and GlowingEyesOfDoom.
** ''Princess'' is about a puppy that kills for fun, starting with all her siblings, then some rabbits, then her father. When she is put down, she comes back and terrorizes the family.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: ''[[ Pokémon Lost Game]]'' is about a modified copy of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon Gold]]'' that presents itself as this for [[TheRival Silver]]. [[spoiler: It turns out to have [[KillEmAll a completely]] [[DownerEnding different ending]] from the actual game though.]]
%%* ApocalypticLog: '''Oh, yes.'''
* AscendedMeme:
** Sometimes the update notes for ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' will have "Removed Herobrine" in the list somewhere.
** The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Are You Happy Now?" is said to have been based off of "Squidward's Suicide".
** A common joke is to replace the climax with "[[Music/WasNotWas Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur.]]" The 'pasta ''How my Grandfather Killed his Brother'' has him use this to break the tension in his story at a certain point, because he doesn't want the narrator's little brother to hear the ending.
* AssholeVictim: In [[ The Cell Phone Game]] the narrator's girlfriend, Stephanie, twice attempts to displace her curse onto [[ThoseWackyNazis the school Neo-Nazi]], with this trope as her justification. [[spoiler: Stephanie herself ultimately becomes this after she is dragged away, since she'd [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] by that point.]]
%%** The 3 bullies in Jeff The Killer.
%%** Cicci in [[ No Pity for the Dead]].
** In ''I'm Not a Monster'', the protagonist is a grave robber. His partner gets his throat bitten out by a zombie while contemplating screwing their mark's corpse.
** In ''Dinner With Vivian'', the narrator brings "Finger Sandwiches" that his mother made to his PerkyGoth girlfriend's house. [[spoiler: She should have taken the rings off first and they get thrown in jail.]]
** ''A Cup of Coffee'' is about a guy addicted to Hazelnut coffee from a very specific vendor. This guy would kick over homeless people's begging bowls and hire prostitutes just so he could make them cry. He ends up homeless himself after he loses his job and family because he ''needed'' that specific coffee. The vendor turns out to be a NobleDemon that feeds on concentrated hopelessness, but only targets evil people.
** Jed in ''How the Scarecrow Died'' was a school bully whose father [[IOwnThisTown literally owned the town and would ruin the lives of anyone who tried to punish him.]] Both he and his father end up disembowelled by the narrator, [[MamaBear Scarecrow's]] [[NeverMessWithGranny granny.]]
** Laura from ''All Horror Stories About Dolls are Fake'' is a girl bully who starts picking on the narrator's daughter. Finally sick of her and her mother's crap one day, [[PapaWolf the narrator murders them and turns them into dolls.]]
* TheAssimilator: The monster from ''The Horror from the Vault'' collects people and animals and fuses them with itself or turns them into MeatMoss.
** [[ IT Dept. Water Cooler Welcome Thread]] Don't you want to become a valuable part of the company?
** The Darkness from ''Driftwood'' is an EldritchAbomination that sucks the life out of anything it encounters, and turns them into undead skeletons animated solely by its own will.
* AudienceParticipation: Some of the best ones add new levels of scary by hinging the ultimate fate of the main character by how much help the audience at home are. You fail, TheHeroDies. For that matter, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou the viewers might be]] [[ParanoiaFuel next.]] One less serious creepypasta actually was ''based'' around this, where the object of it was to add new paragraphs.
* BadBlackBarf: ''Morbus.avi'' deals with an infection that makes people vomit a substance that looks like old motor oil and tastes like rotten meat. They are [[spoiler: rounded up and [[TheyWouldCutYouUp vivisected]] by {{Plague Doctor}}s]].
** The ending of ''Cabin Getaway'' has Felix and Fay vomit up the spiritual corruption caused by their battle with The Impostor.
%%* BeingWatched: It wouldn't be one of these if this didn't happen every other 'pasta.
* BazaarOfTheBizarre: One is about such a place, accessible through a door made of scabs somewhere in Eastern Europe. The items for sale are pretty much whatever you want, but the price is a body part, starting with the breath you've just taken in exchange for tomorrow's weather forecast. Trying to trade someone else's bits (or [[YourSoulIsMine a soul]]) results in the shopkeepers screaming "THAT'S NOT YOURS!" and forcibly ejecting you.
* BittersweetEnding: While most creepypastas end with a DownerEnding or NoEnding, ''Pokémon Lost Silver'' ([[WildMassGuessing presumably]]) ends with the protagonist coming to terms with his death, after having a successful career as a Pokémon champion. Even then, this can still be taken as a downer from a [[StrawNihilist nihilist]] point of view, that his success will eventually be erased after his death. ''Lost Silver: Hidden'', however, shows that there may be something much more sinister going on.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Jeffs from the Worm Jeff Saga have a gland that produces a powerful acid located near the stomach, and Drone Leaders have this replaced with an organ filled with what is essentially lighter fluid, which they ignite using a "flint" in their mouths to spit huge fireballs.
* BlandNameProduct: ''In Search of R'lyeh'' involves a film maker named [[Creator/JamesCameron Jim Camberson]] who worked on films such as ''[[Film/{{Terminator}} Exterminator]], [[Film/{{Aliens}} Extraterrestrials]],'' and ''[[Film/TheAbyss The Chasm]].''
* TheBlank: The title character from Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos is described as a tall man in a suit that has a completely blank face; no eyes, no nose, and no mouth.
%%* BloodFromTheMouth: So common that on the wiki, it's considered a cliche.
* BodyHorror:
** Of note are the inhabitants of [[ Granny Royce's Road House]]. [[spoiler: None of them can die, despite them all having been slaughtered in various horrific ways. One of them was a pregnant woman with a permanent cut-open womb and a ''living zombie baby inside her''.]]
** Also is [[ The Pocket]], [[spoiler: where a guy's best friend, and later, his wife get eaten by what appears to be a [[Franchise/DeadSpace Necromorph]] {{Expy}}]], and [[ Eyeless Jack]], [[spoiler: where the protagonist gets [[OrganTheft his organs stolen]] and [[ImAHumanitarian eaten]] by a HumanoidAbomination]]. [[ Unbranded Laptop]] has [[spoiler:a kid dismember herself with a hacksaw.]]
** ''A Cure for Cancer'' has a cancer-causing virus and a stem-cell based cure react to each other by turning the patient into a cancer-zombie.
%%** Certain scenes in [[ No Pity for the Dead]] involve this.
* BodyOfBodies: The "[[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghoul]]" from ''The Horror From the Vault'' is able to [[spoiler:assimilate living tissue by drowning people and animals in its pond.]] It also produces "mounds" of flesh-covered organs, seamlessly fused together and completely functional despite being from several different species. One of the [[MindRape nightmares it induces]] is about a creature not unlike the Legion from [=CastleVania=] replacing the sun. The creature itself looks like a GiantEnemyCrab made out of fused bodies.
%%* BowelBreakingBricks: Via the [[MemeticMutation memetic]] "When you see it, you'll shit bricks" images.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The whole point of [[ They Are Watching Me. And Now They Are Watching You]]. It's written like a story, but it begins with the narrator telling you that he is praying that no one reads this, and ends with him [[spoiler: apologizing to you that you read it, and that as a result, if you ''stop'' reading it, the creatures in the story will come after you]].
* BrownNote: Several involve ''something'', be it a video, picture, music, etc, that causes people to go insane, or worse.
%%* ButNowIMustGo:
%%** [[spoiler: "Love" and "Sim Albert" feature these as the TwistEnding]].
%%** [[spoiler: Howard]] near the end of ''They Are Watching Me. And Now They Are Watching You''.
* CameBackWrong:
** ''DamagedSoul'' variant in ''The Montford Experiment". A group of scientists tasked with finding out if bad people have souls found out how to bring people BackFromTheDead, but after 5 times, they can't die anymore. Every time they come back, they "Lose something."
** ''What Is Dead'' has the protagonists dead wife come back after he performs a ritual. She's a shreiking, bloodthirsty monster.
* ClicheStorm:
** An interesting example - the Creepypasta Wiki even has [[ a list]] of "Creepy Cliches". (seeing these cliches in a story is generally considered to be a sign of a poorly-made creepypasta.)
** Played straight in [[ The Zeddicker Casefiles]], which purposefully try to evoke Literature/PhilipMarlowe or Literature/SamSpade, right down to the PrivateEyeMonologue.
* ClockRoaches: ''The Farnsworth Experiment'' deals with a group of scientists who managed to upset a group of these while working on TimeTravel, and have been slowly disappearing over 20 years.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: "Blueberries" is about a prison inmate being forced to eat a wooden desk as punishment for his crime (which he claims he did not commit). They gave him a sledgehammer to smash it with, but after a few hits they take it away. He tries to imagine the splinters he eats as delicious blueberries to make it slightly easier on himself, but then he notices that [[OhCrap the top of the desk was only broken in]] ''[[OhCrap half]]''...
* CosmicHorrorStory: Rather than conventional Halloween monsters, many creepypastas play on fear of the unknown and that which is beyond human comprehension... except that they are absolutely everywhere, hiding in the most inconspicuous locations. Even the very website you are viewing right now might host a myriad of insanity-inducing horrors just waiting out there to get you.
%%* CreepyBasement: And make sure to keep it locked up tight.
%%* CreepyChangingPainting: In ''Vile Design''.
%%* CreepyChild: Frequent.
* CreepyDoll:
** ''"Lucy wants to play with you, '''forever and ever..."''''' Heck, so many CreepyDoll pictures were added onto the wiki that they said "NO MORE DOLLS".
** In the original story, completing Sonic.exe caused the entity to materialize right behind you as this.
%%* CreepyGood: Occasionally.
* CriticalResearchFailure: The author of the original "Jeff the Killer" story is guilty of this, as Jeff is caught in a house fire, which somehow causes his skin to turn white and hair to turn black without him suffering from any burns whatsoever.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: ''Very'' prominent example in ''The House That Death Forgot'': [[spoiler: ''He'' will kill you in a variety of painful ways, but even though you're dead, you stay conscious, mobile...and ''your mortal wounds will continue to cause you pain''. And if those wounds are visible, you pretty much stay out of sight to avoid horrifying people.]]
* CruelTwistEnding: "No End House." [[spoiler:The protagonist gets the $500 he was promised, but goes insane upon everything he'd been through that night in the nine rooms, including being forced to kill a clone of himself moments before escape. When he gets home, there's a "10" carved into his front door.]]
* CrustyCaretaker: If you suspect you are, in fact, the star of a creepypasta, listen to these guys when they tell you not to go into the [[AbandonedWarehouse abandoned warehouse]].
%%* CuriosityKilledTheCast: See YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb.
* DarkFic: Several creepypastas are, in essence, this. Something darkly supernatural and/or nightmarish happens to the protagonist or cast of a cartoon or video game.
** ''Blue Shell'' is ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' where Mario is addicted to shrooms, Goombas are mutant Toadstools, and the Bros are plumbers cleaning out Mushroom Kingdom's sewer system.
** ''Xorax''is about a plague that ravages Hyrule, and Link is a test subject from an attempt to FindTheCure.
* DarkIsEvil: ''Darkness'' is about a man who suffers from Nyctophobia. Whenever he's in pitch darkness, he feels it stretching out infinitely around him. At the climax, he becomes stuck in an elevator. He hears footsteps and calls out. A reply comes in his own voice... He is then rescued. He thinks that the next time will be the last time.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** [[ "Love"]] - a girl finds a note addressed to her on her computer, describing all the paranormal activity and shadows she's seen her entire life. [[spoiler:It was a soldier who made a promise to her dad, shortly before they were both killed in war, to look after his soon-to-be-born daughter. Since the daughter turned 18, he decided [[ButNowIMustGo his work was done]] and to give her some closure on the weirdness.]]
** [[ Zeddicker]] describes himself as "somewhere between" the angels and demons in his town.
** [[ The Willow Men]] has a bunch of otherwordly, [[{{Expy}} Slender-Man-esque]] creatures that whisk their victims away and horribly torture them until they die. However, since they only do this to people who have committed horrible crimes — such as the protagonist, who murdered his wife — they come across as {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s at worst.
** In "The Hallows", the titular Hallows are twisted, eyeless, hideous monstrosities that more often than not have blood on their constantly changing hands and spend much of their time stalking an unfortunate child...until the end, when they swoop in to save him from a child rapist, and it's strongly implied that their purpose over all is to protect people from harm. This is even used to deliver AnAesop--sometimes the ''real'' monsters are completely normal people.
** ''Milk and Cookies'' is about [[spoiler: an old man who got trapped in a haunted refrigerator truck while playing in a junkyard as a boy. He promised to be friends with the ghost of the little girl who died in it under similar circumstances, and brings her [[TitleDrop some milk and cookies]] every Friday night; and has done so for 70 years.]]
** ''How Lucky I Was'' has a man dying of an autoimmune disease get shown all the ways he could have died horribly over his 40 years of life by what is implied to be the Angel of Death. He dies at peace, appreciating his life up until then-and with a sudden burst of strength allowing him to give his wife's hand one last squeeze.
** [[ Tom McPhail]] in ''IT Dept. Water Cooler Welcome Thread''. He's just a sweet old guy who eagerly wants you to be as ''devoted'' to his company as he is.
** The protagonist of ''The Monster in the Pantry'' is tormented throughout his childhood by a SinisterScrapingSound coming from the pantry. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a ghost dog.]]
** DOG is about a [[CreepyDoll creepy dog plush toy]] who protects his owners from a car crash, spoiled food, a SerialKiller, and [[spoiler: the cat]].
** In ''Driftwood,'' the protagonist encounters an undead deer. It enlists his help in fighting TheCorruption.
** In ''My Grandfather Made a Deal with Death,'' the narrator's grandpa recounts a story about how, one day during WW1, he cheated Death at coin-toss. Every time he told it, he'd change what death smelled like; cat pee, rotten meat, etc. However, as time goes on, his grandpa gets more and more decrepit, and fears that he may be BarredFromTheAfterlife. Finally, in his 90s, he comes down with cancer. When the narrator visits him in the hospital, Death comes to his grandpa, and explains that [[ILetYouWin he'd let him have the coin toss,]] because he'd bee fated to live a long life, and takes him. The narrator describes Death's scent as Christmas dinner, fresh-baked cookies, and his mom's perfume. Death smells like Comfort.
** The Dark God from ''Tales from the Gas Station'' is actually an OK guy, and notes that he was a benevolent figure in the Native pantheon.
** ''Tag'' is about an imaginary friend who was forgotten by his human and just wants to watch you (yes you) sleep because that's what "Molly" created him for.
%%* DarkWorld: Where a lot of the central characters end up before the end of the tale.
* DeadlyEuphemism: If you fail any of the "[[UnusualEuphemism games]]" in ''How To Play Alone'', you '''''fail'''''...
%%* DeadlyHug: The turn-into-a-monster variant (often accompanied by a BedmateReveal) is popular.
%%* DeadlyPrank: The backstory for a few of these.
%%* DeathByMocking: If the hero character is especially dumb.
%%* DefangedHorrors: Averted. Don't expect the hero(es) to get off that easy.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Many video game Creepypastas have been made into actual games or [[GameMod mods]]. Highlights include Creepy Black, Sonic.exe, Herobrine…
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: "[[ West]]" briefly touches on the Hibernophobia and anti-Catholicism of 19th-Century America, though it doesn't put particular focus on them.
* DemonicPossession: A person, animal, or inanimate object may end up being controlled by an evil spirit... and causing great havoc.
* DevouredByTheHorde: ''I'd Avoid the Hiking Trails at Cherry Bluff if I Were You'' is about a mutant strain of mosquitos that absolutely drain their victims, killing several people. The HiveQueen is big and strong enough to ruin the narrator's SUV.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:
** In ''Russian Sleep Experiment'', a group of test subjects deprived of sleep slowly go insane, performing gruesome self-mutilation and cannibalism. [[spoiler:At the end, only one is left alive, and a researcher is locked in a hospital room with him. When the panicked researcher asks the subject what he is, he gives a SlasherSmile and says that he has essentially become the embodiment of all the fears humans have while awake. The researcher stares in horror... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome then promptly draws his sidearm and]] ''[[MugglesDoItBetter blows that son-of-a-bitch's lungs out.]]'']]
** What does Zeddicker do when confronted with a demonic being? Pull out his gat and start shooting. [[spoiler:It doesn't do much good, though.]]
%%* DirtyCop: The Sheriff in ''[[ Texas Blood]]''
%%* DontGoInTheWoods: Seriously! Don't go to any of them!
* TheDogBitesBack:
** In ''The Day the Scarecrow Died,'' the titular Scarecrow brings a pistol to school with the intent of shooting the bully who's been tormenting him for a month straight.
** In ''Why Wasn't I Invited?'' the protagonist is the only one of his friends not invited to their old school victim, Wiggy's stag party. He had been the only one nice to the guy, so he can't understand why. Wiggy gathered all his old bullies on a bus under the false pretense of going to Dover, but indtead drives off the cliff.
** In ''Who Lives Under Briar Elementary?" the creature is in fact the narrator's insane troglodytic sister who went missing one day at school. The local AlphaBitch antagonized her until they came to blows and nearly killed her. She tossed her in a storage closet, which collapsed under her weight. Once her sister found her, she somehow got her out, and [[FedToTheBeast fed her her old bully.]]
* DrivenToMadness: The protagonist of "No End House" goes crazy after the horrors of going through all nine rooms. Just to twist the knife further, [[spoiler:he actually gets the $500 he was promised at the end]], though that's done as a way to [[WasItReallyWorthIt prove how little it was worth it]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Though [[AndIMustScream that doesn't always work]]. One of the rooms in "No End House 2" requires the player to slit her wrists. Not only does she not die, that's not even the final challenge.
%%* DyingTown: Lots of them.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: ''Cabin Getaway'' has a happy ending that comes after a month of the protagonists fiancee sleepwalking and talking to a First Nations demon known only as an "Impostor" in her sleep.
** ''I Set Up a Recorder Before I Went to Sleep'' makes a happy ending for ''Don't Go In The Basement''.
%%* EasterEgg: The subject of many video game Creepypastas...
* EldritchAbomination: MissingNo. He corrupts the world, can delete your Hall of Fame records, and is always shifting.
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%%** Whatever Probst has let through the barrier into our world in [[ No Pity for the Dead]].
** The titular creature from ''The Horror From The Vault.'' It’s psychic enough that it can inflict truly horrifying dreams for anyone unlucky enough to be in range, and although first portrayed as a HumanoidAbomination, it grows into a Lovecraftian monstrosity resembling a crab made out of body parts after consuming and absorbing the inhabitants of the facility the creature’s sarcophagus was being studied, and the surrounding town.
** The Darkness from ''Driftwood.'' A primordial force of evil, which guzzles the Life-Force from ''anything'' it touches, turning them into [[DemBones skeletons.]]
* EldritchLocation: [[ The No End House]]. It has rooms that it can't possibly contain, rooms that are inexplicably dark and filled with fog, and rooms that break the laws of physics, including bringing dead people back to life.
** The Tunnel in ''Crawl'' is thought to be a "supernatural hot-spot" by its sole survivor. It feels like nothing so much as being inside a giant's insides. That's not even getting into what he found there, or what happened to the Clown...
** The "Shitty gas station in the edge of town" from "Tales from the Gas Station" has some crazy shit going on. It reads like a combination of ''WebSite/NotAlwaysRight'' and ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd.'' It's so weird that even the [[TheSacredDarkness Dark God]] has no explaination for it beyond "NotMeThisTime."
** The park in the ''Search and Rescue'' series. The park is weird: people go missing and turn up horrifically mutilated at the drop of a hat, usually one following the other by months, ''after'' having been searched exhaustively before. There's also inexplicable staircases dotting the park. Don't touch them, by the way, something horrid happens whenever someone messes around with them. Best case scenario, you die. The higlight of the weirdness is that time the protagonist found the front half of a whale lying in a clearing (no bowl of petunias, however).
* {{Expy}}:
** [[ Jeff the Killer]] is basically The Joker with an origin story and a heaping helping of UncannyValley. He's even got two joker origins incorporated into his, with the chemical alteration of his face and a GlasgowGrin carved into it.
** Jeff now has his own army of expies, enough to make the Creepypasta Wiki ban the so called "Jeff Formula".
** "The Organization" from ''The Breach'' is very much like the Wiki/SCPFoundation, a group of [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] that get called in whenever there's something... weird going on (for example, a series of extremely bizarre murders).
* EvilIsNotAToy: "The Devil Game", supposedly a set of instructions to summon and speak with the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Devil himself]], offers a small disclaimer at the beginning. Essentially, you should refrain from trying it if you don't have an exceptionally good reason, because doing something so extreme for the sake of [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu idle chitchat is, naturally, very stupid.]]
** ''The Best Game'' has a guy try playing a "game" that involves ''summoning a demon'' and staying awake for two whole weeks.
* EvilSmellsBad: The creature from ''The Horror From the Vault'' smells like an infected wound. Its lair smells like stagnant blood, urine, and stomach acid.
* EyeScream:
** Expect a few eyes to be poked out. [[ Melinda]] [[spoiler: stays alive after having her eye stabbed and her brain punctured...''and has to live with the pain of that for all eternity''.]]
** Sonic.exe's eyes bleed constantly. And when he gets to Sally in the sequel, her eyelids get sewn shut.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: The things from ''It's usually Quiet Between 1 and 5 AM'' have a huge eye in their mouths.
%%* FatalFlaw: Many creepypastas have one that renders them laughable if you know what to look for.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption:
** Some ritual genred creepypastas fall into this. ''How To Play Alone'' seems to avert this. Except chapter 06 "Lose", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in which you will lose no matter what, if you start the game]].
** Chapters 14, 18, and 37 require "your choice in Chapter 16" in order to succeed. However, Chpater 16 is not included. As of the latest update, it has not yet been posted, leaving these games unwinnable for now.
* FanworkBan: There's a [[ long list]] of pastas you are no longer allowed to make spinoffs or fanquels of on Creepypasta Wiki. The reason for this? For a long time people were posting nothing BUT spinoffs, and very few original pastas were being written. There's a loophole in this, however: you can post the story elsewhere and link to it on your user page, or use Spinoff Appeal to have the admins review it and add it to the wiki if it "passes." Furbearingbrick, the admin who decreed the no-spinoffs rule, said this about Evil Never Dies (which was written shortly after the ban was enacted): [[HypocrisyNod "I AM AWARE OF THE IRONY."]] Recently subverted with the creation of the [[ Creepypasta Spinoff Wiki]] and [[ Spinpasta Wiki]], two wikis where you can post spinoffs.
* FesteringFungus:
** ''Runners: Slough'' has a villiage infected with fungal spores that cause nymphomania and tissue necrosis. When the fungal infection reaches a certain point, anyone who didn't screw themselves to death runs around with their bodies rotting away; and everywhere a gobbet of infested flesh lands, a mushroom grows... It also has an ExpandedUniverse of ''Runners'' stories, including a tourist couple, a pharmecutical company, and an anorexic jogger.
** Unrelated to the ''Runners'' stories is an untitled series about mushrooms with a MetamorphosisMonster life cycle: Its spores come out as flies, who immediately rot into blood-like sludge, and amyone who is soaked by the blood or eats a mature fungus has them start growing on them. However, they start with damaged tissues, usually burns and the like.
** ''Zombie Fungus'' starts with a guy's brother coming back from Brazil with a green rash and acting weird. He'd been infected by a strain of ''Cordrycepts'' evolved to affect humans.
* FollowTheLeader:
** Count how many HauntedTechnology pastas came after WebVideo/BenDrowned.
** This trope used to be such a problem with Jeff The Killer (too many pastas were just the original Jeff story with the SerialNumbersFiledOff, to the point where Jeff became an OverusedCopycatCharacter) that "Jeff-inspired" stories were banned on Creepypasta Wiki.
** This trope is such a problem that Pokepastas, Lost Episode stories ''and'' Slender Man stories have all been banned from the wiki.
%%* FoodChainOfEvil: ''The Horrors hunger...''
%%* FourthWallObserver: [[WebVideo/BenDrowned You shouldn't have done that.]] No, really. You shouldn't have.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: If you stop reading [[ They Are Watching Me. And Now They Are Watching You]] after you've finished it... ''They'' will come for you. Go back to the top and read it again. Don't stop.
%%* FreakLabAccident: How more than a few of these came into existence.
* FurryConfusion: "[[ Mickey's Best Friend]]" provides a very dark take on this trope. [[spoiler:It turns out that Pluto was once anthropomorphic like Mickey, until Mickey lobotimized him.]]
* GameFace: The creatures from ''It's Usually Quiet Between One and Five'' look like bald men until they're upset. Then they reveal their EldritchAbomination forms.
* GeniusLoci: Some stories ostensibly about haunted houses reveal themselves to be about [[LivingStructureMonster sapient, house-shaped entities]] who kill people.
** [[SwampsAreEvil Haagan's Bog]] in ''Bog of Whispers'' is, as the name suggests, a living bog, granted sapience from everything that died there.
* GhostlyChill: The room getting abnormally cold is a cliche in these stories.
* GhostStory: Quite a few:
** ''Gold Coins'' is about a girl and her maid finding a SecretPassage in one of the hallways of the mansion by watching the ghost of a boy putting something under a flagstone, and finding a bunch of gold hidden in it. One night, the maid accidentally drops the flagstone, trapping the girl in the secret room. The family has to move away, since she was never found-but constantly heard from.
** ''House of Mirrors'' involves [[OffingTheOffspring the wife of a Spanish admiral murdering her daughter]], and her daughter showing the Admiral what happened by replaying it in one of her many mirrors. The house has been uninhabitable since...
** ''Milk and Cookies'' is about an old man who brings the ghost of a little girl some milk and cookies every friday, after getting trapped in the reefer truck she died in while playing Hide-and-Seek when he was a child.
** ''The Sealed Building'' is about a boy who climbs onto a bricked-up toilet shack. There is a hole in the roof, which emits cigarette smoke. Then the door opens... Turns out, [[spoiler: a kid died in there while smoking a cigarette.]]
** ''Sinister Sister's Shower'' is about a girl who murders her big sister to steal her boyfriend, and grows to hate showering because of a feeling of BeingWatched whenever she's in the bath. She cuts her hair short, and goes to take a shower. She notices that her hair is back to its previous length, and that there's something dripping on her... [[spoiler: She looks up to see the mutilated corpse of her sister, clinging to the ceiling and bleeding on her.]]
** ''Sniff'' is about a guy who, when staying with his aunt in Glasgow, hears something sniffing around in the darkness and he gets wet-nosed bu the creature. The house (and most of the suburb of Govanhill) is [[IndianBurialGround built over an old mine where there was many, many accidents]], and her house is haunted by a pit mule sniffing about for a draft of fresh air.
** The titular monster in ''The Monster in the Pantry'' turns out to be [[spoiler: a ghostly dog.]]
** One has [[PapaWolf the ghost of the protagonists father get into a knock-down-drag-out fistfight with the monster in his closet.]]
** ''I Asked a Paranormal Investigator for His Scariest Story'' involves, well, exactly that. The investigator makes up something on-the-spot to tell the narrator's class. Later, he tells him of a time when he was investigating a house, but found nothing out of the ordinary. As he was packing up, a spectre descended the basement stairs, and asked: "Do you know what he did to us?" The investigator [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere ran for it and didn't stop until he was in the next town over.]] He did some research into the house; it had been a mortuary until the proprietor was arrested for his... [[ILoveTheDead proclivities.]]
** ''Room of Pitch Black'' involves the narrator attending his aunts funeral. While exploring her house, he finds a room hidden behind a tapestry. Seeing that the key is still in the lock, he opens it. The room is pitch black. He hears something coming towards him; chattering its teeth. He locks it up and hides the key. At his aunts funeral, he sees the picture on her casket includes his uncle in it. Said uncle, since deceased, was a man with very big teeth, and the pitch-black room had been his office...
** ''A Person in the Rain'' is very similar to ''Another,'' but set in an American grade school. The teacher notices a desk belonging to a deceased student, who begins to haunt her for messing with it.
* GloriousMotherRussia:
** Is MemeticMutation on capitalist internet to rewriting creepypasta as if taking place in Soviet Russia, often using GratuitousRussian and/or FunetikAksent. Happenings of pasta is often change, as true Soviets able to endure much higher amount of punishment than weak American dogs, because MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong (and also because RussianGuySuffersMost, so little bit more suffering is not being big deal). Vodka is much present, and many object including ArtifactOfDoom or MacGuffin burned for warmth without second thought. Such is life in Moscow.
** One example of disgusting American pasta [[ here]] and its glorious Russian version [[ here]] (Encyclopedia Dramatica may not being safe to open in capitalist workplace. You need ''real'' job plowing fields instead, is only solution).
* AGodAmI: Sonic.exe's line of "I AM GOD" implies that he at least thinks this applies. Whether it actually does or not is hard to tell.
%%* {{Gorn}}: Some pasta writers just plain don't do subtlety.
* GuardianEntity:
** Sometimes, a few Creepypastas may play with these tropes and have it be revealed that the paranormal activity is actually them. [[spoiler: Best examples are in "Love", in which the paranormal activity is revealed as a GuardianAngel, and "The Man in the Purple Shirt" where the titular title is actually a GuardianEntity against a HumanoidAbomination.]]
** Chapter 14: Egg of ''How To Play Alone'' involves you hatching your own from an egg laid on the same day. You are only aware of it through a sense of ease its presence gives you, and you will only meet at the end of your life. Of course, if you do it wrong and [[UnusualEuphemism fail]], it will instead stalk you like SCP-372[[note]]including occasionally catching glimpses of it in your peripheral vision[[/note]], and harass you with a [[ParanoiaFuel feeling of being followed]], again, for the rest of your life.
%%* HauntedHeroine: Howard and Samuel the narrator could both qualify in ''They Are Watching Me. And Now They Are Watching You.''
%%* HauntedTechnology: ''WebVideo/BenDrowned'' and ''NES Godzilla Creepypasta'' both feature haunted video games as deadly artifacts that contain malevolent spirits.
%%** [[ Noroi Gakkotsu's]] were a bad enough menace in feudal times. [[FromBadToWorse Now we have the capability to mass-produce them...]]
* {{Hell}}: In ''My Brother Died When I Was a Child, and He Kept Talking'', the protagonist's twin brother dies, and he is somehow able to still talk. He falls to a grey beach, with clouds that scream, and a "darkness" in the ocean that will destroy him if he tries to swim it. The desert in the other direction has people ''so'' naked, you can read their memories. He's supposed to go to the Center, and if you don't go, you become something like a tree or block of stone. There's ''something'' there, waiting for him, everyone who has died, has been waiting since they even existed ''In Potentia''. Time flows differently; an hour in life is years and years and years there. There's also mountains of fused tree/rock-people near the Center, and creatures he calls "Walkers" with three legs and spiky shells like sea urchins that police the ghosts walking towards the Center, that can eat your suffering through their tongue-tentacles. ''They're not the worst thing there'', just "bottom feeders". The Center is inside an OminousFloatingCastle that looks like a beehive, bigger than a city. The ghosts just march right inside. The hive makes them "bitter," amplifying their spite until it drowns their personality. The center itself is infinitely worse than all that; indescribably vast and causing suffering just by being near it. It looks like a massive, massive skeleton wearing many masks bigger than countries, with myriad fingers. The spite the ghosts feel reaches out to it, like a baby reaches for its mother. Being noticed by it is like god telling you he hates you.
** ''Secret Bar'' has Limbo being used as a tavern under New Orleans. They serve Regret, Loneliness, and Damnation. And cigarettes.
** ''How To Survive in Hell,'' detailed in "Hell is War."
* {{Hellevator}}: ''Secret Bar'' (see above) has Hell (represented as a tavern) accessable by an old-timey elevator.
%%* HellHotel: '''Yes.'''
* HellIsWar: In "How to Survive In Hell", Hell is described as basically a SurvivalSandbox game in a big city. You spawn naked with no supplies. If you die, you respawn at a random spawn point somewhere in the city, once again naked with no supplies, and spawn campers are not uncommon (it ''is'' Hell, after all). The only source of food [[ImAHumanitarian is other people]], necessitating that everyone kill each each other endlessly. The most legendary badass in Hell is a Viking [[TheBerserker berserker]] who thinks it's [[WarriorHeaven Valhalla]] and is having a HellOfATime.
%%* {{Hipster}}: [[ Broseph]] seems to fit.
%%* HiveMind
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%%** The Worm Jeff Saga has a rather literal version of this.
* HorrifyingTheHorror: ''It Has No Face'' is about a guy who spends a wintery night in a HauntedHouse by accident, wearing his ski mask and winter hat so he won't have to light the fireplace. The cthonic horror that claimed the place is terrified of him because the mask makes him look like TheBlank. [[HumiliationConga Then his phone alarm scares the hell out of it. Then he drives it back into its lair with the flashlight.]]
* HorrorHunger: Burgrr is about a transdimensional burger joint that gets people addicted to alien food, but projects a WeirdnessCensor that makes people think it's not-quite home cooking that tastes just like mama used to make, but is really raw whale meat, live maggots, and bloody horses teeth, among other culinary abominations. The food also infects people with a parasite that turns them into [[TheGrays "Eggheads"]], which then hatch into a flying brain monster.
* HumanoidAbomination: The titular monster’s first form in “The Horror From The Vault”, which looks like a Ghoul with [[TheBlank no face.]]
* HumansAreCthulhu: ''CE-6'' is about an alien child playing in the garden who watches a group of spacemen come out of an EscapePod. It's especially weirded out by his hair, which it calls "string". English is also extremely horrific to the aliens, driving them to attack the astronauts; which is promptly rewarded with a blast from a [[FireBreathingWeapon flamethrower.]]
%%* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: More like ''hunting a member of a species who just thought they were the most dangerous game.''
* IAmNotShazam: Lots of fanart of Pokémon Lost Silver will use 'Lost Silver' to refer to the main character of the eponymous game. The story never refers to the character as such. In-game, the character is named '...', while the narrator calls him 'Gold'.
%%* ImAHumanitarian: Nice knowing you...
%%* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Possibly either how the horror started out, or what the protagonist will experience by the end.
* IndianBurialGround: Several, and not just restricted to Indians, or America.
** ''Sniff'' is about a guy whose Granny's house in Glasgow is built on a collapsed mine. The story recounts how the narrator was woken up one night by the sound of sniffing. The house is haunted by one of the pit mules trapped in the accident
** ''The Smiling Woman'' involves a First-Nations kid who accidentally desecrated a grave while playing in the woods one day, unleashing a demon who kidnaps children on his hometown
** ''Cabin Getaway'' (later novelized as ''Stolen Tongues'') involves the characters girlfriend being attacked by F.N. ghosts when they visit her fsther's cabin in Michegan, which was actually built on an ancient indian ''battlefield'' which became UnholyGround due to the ritual desecration performed on the losing side's corpses.
** In ''The Ozark Cable Incident," the local TV station had purchased an [[AbandonedHospital abandoned]] [[BedlamHouse insane asylum,]] with attached cemetery. The company bulldozed the hospital and dug up the graveyard to make room for a bigger facility. The town's TV's would occasionally show images of a man with his eyes gouged out, and rotting corpses until the CEO of the company was persecuted for the desecration.
%%* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: [[ This]] alternate take on the original Jeff The Killer story recasts Jeff as one of these.
%%* IronicNurseryTune:
%%** Just pray they aren't reading ''Ring Around The Rosies''.
%%** [[WebOriginal/TheSkinDaddy Hum, hum, hum a little tune...]]
%%* ItCanThink: And usually more intelligent than whoever it's tormenting.
%%* ItWontTurnOff: Part of the time, but turning it on to begin with was probably enough to render whether it was on or off in the first place moot.
%%* LifeOrLimbDecision: Literally.
%%* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Sally, at least on Website/DeviantArt, gets a lot of this.
* LeakingCanOfEvil: The Darkness from ''Driftwood'' is sealed away on an island in the middle of nowhere by the Deer King. However, it can still corrupt the nearby forest, and the driftwood that results carries its stain with it...
* TheManBehindTheCurtain:
** The aptly titled [[ "Lost Episodes"]] reveals that all of the supposedly haunted "lost episodes" from other pastas may have been created by a [[spoiler:a mentally dysfunctional social outcast with a talent for video editing]].
** There is likely someone, or something, that has taken notice of Zeddicker and is sending all its agents to him.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
** Franchise/{{Pokemon}} creepypasta ''Ghost Black'' and ''Lost Silver'', which are simply the author describing what appear to be nothing more than very morbid ''Pokémon'' rom hacks that were written to cartridges. There is no evidence to suggest otherwise and nothing strange happens to the author of either other than them being incredibly freaked out about it. Supernatural possibilities come from wondering who in the world would do this and why. (On top of the fact that hacking the games to such an extent has only recently become possible).
** [[ "Helen"]]: The narrator finds his grandfather acting bizarrely in his new apartment, claiming someone named "Helen" is taking over rooms and making threats. Turns out some computer virus has been downloading obscene material and relaying threatening messages through a Bonzi BUDDY called "Helen," and with the computer gone the grandfather starts getting better. The narrator still thinks it's weird that there's no documentation of the virus online.
** [[ "The Toadman"]]: The narrator is an elderly man who recalls an event in his past involving a being called the Toadman. It's left ambiguous whether or not the Toadman is supernatural.
** [[ This story]] is about a man with dementia who believes he's being stalked/controlled, etc. by a mysterious man. [[spoiler: By the end, you're left wondering if the man was actually real, or if he was a shared delusion]].
* MeatMoss: ''Dogscape'' is about the world being entirely covered in a canid EldritchAbomination.
** The creature in ''The Horror From the Vault'' creates a mess of the stuff in the clearing where it nests. If that's not bad enough, the animals it makes it from are [[AndIMustScream still alive and concious,]] trying to escape...
* MetaOrigin: ''[[ Lost Episodes]]'' is meant to be one for the "Missing Episodes" sub-genre of Pasta that sprang up after Suicide Mouse and Candle Cove.
* {{Minimalism}}: Most, if not all, creepypastas are a tale of a one or two (three, tops) human characters and a single monster in usually one location. Many [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender-blogs and Vlogs]] avert this. Most notably, WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. On top of that, the most popular blogs tend to acknowledge each other's existence and even have characters interact with each other, effectively turning them into a MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover and creating the closest thing to a canon the mythos has.
* MissingEpisode: Lots of creepypastas concern missing episodes. This trope is so prolific that there's a pasta, known appropriately enough as [[ ''Lost Episodes'']], which tries to provide a MetaOrigin for such [[MissingEpisode Missing Episodes]].
%%* MonsterClown:
%%** Bubby and Stubb.
%%** Laughing Jack.
%%** [[ Apparently monster clowns run a burger joint now]].
%%* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: A common characteristic of the antagonists in these stories.
%%** Mr. Widemouth.
%%** Jeff, of course.
* MoralMyopia:
** At first glance, the protagonist of ''The World's Best School Psychologist'' thinks he has AbusiveParents because they won't buy him a Nintendo, won't let him have friends over (or go to other kids' houses), don't let him watch TV before his homework's done, force him to write book reports... and his mother constantly guilt-trips him [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and his father ignores him except to scream at him or beat him]].
** Likewise, the protagonist of ''Dear Abbey'' thinks his boss had it in for him because he fired him for taking a security tape-something the protagonist ''admitted'' is a terminable offense. Buuuut he just *had* to have a picture of his newest obsession...
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame:
** "Ben Drowned," a famous pasta about a haunted copy of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. After playing it, the narrator begins to experience terrible things in their everyday life.
** Similarly, ''NES Godzilla'', about a video game containing an EldritchAbomination that forces the protagonist to play it or watch their friends die, while also making him feel the pain of all the monsters he plays as.
** ''[=MaRIo=]'' is about what ''seems'' like a really gruesome ''Super Mario Bros.'' hack, but then the protagonist wakes up with "MARIO" carved into his arm...
* MundaneGhostStory: Perhaps most terrifying of all, some of these stories use completely plausible set-ups and even twist endings.
** ''[[ Texas Blood]]'', for instance, reads less like a straight-up horror story and more like an excerpt from a particularly dark & gritty cop/thriller novel.
** ''[[ Belle Plaine, 1965]]'' highlights the terrible fact that, despite the common assumption that [[spoiler: parents will always know their child]], [[AdultFear it sometimes simply isn't true]].
** ''Autopilot'' has nothing supernatural. It's about a guy who [[spoiler: forgets his daughter in the car on a hot day...]]
** ''They Weren't Raccoons'' involves an exterminator who discovers a new species of vermin.
** ''Meek'' is about a poopsock ("I'd rather poop in a sock than stop playing") gaming addict who accidentally cuts his internet line, and goes digging through his squalid apartment for the phone. In the long-disused bedroom, he discovers [[spoiler: the dessicated corpses of his wife and infant daughter, who got trapped in there when he moved some boxes in front of the door. The shock gives him a fatal heart attack.]]
** ''The Crawling House on Black Pond Road'' is about a tumbledown old house severely, ''severely'' infested with earwigs, centipedes, and wasps.
** There are some written from the point of view of abused children and read more like MiseryLit that scary stories.
** ''Why I Hold My Breath Whenever I See a Fed Ex Van'' is about a group of teenagers who accidentally cause a huge fuckoff car accident.
** ''I Witnessed Something Unsettling on a Cruise Ship'' is [[ADisgraceToBlackbeard a modern pirate story.]]
** ''Tombstoning'' is about a kid who goes diving with his friends at a quarry, and ends up impaled on a piece of scrap metal.
** ''The Strawberry Epidemic'' is about a tapeworm epidemic caused by eating tainted food (the titular strawberries) at a church function.
* NegativeSpaceWedgie: ''The Black Square'' has a perfectly square anomaly open up in a poor but otherwise nondescript neighborhood. ''Something'' comes out of it and starts terrorizing said neighborhood, and they blame the narrator because he's the only one who made any effort to understand it. They try to punish him by marching him into it, and he sees what he describes as "the color of torment." His odd reaction and preference for being shot over whatever's in there convinces them that he's really not responsible; nor is it safe like they'd all insisted before.
* NetworkDecay: Originally all creepypastas were written as if they were reports on things that actually happened, either in third-person, or using a framing device. Now adays Creepypasta Wiki will happily accept any scary story, as long as it meets their Quality Standards.
* NeverMessWithGranny:
** ''How the Scarecrow Died'' has a boy's grandma brutally murder the school bully for picking on her grandson.
** ''Strange Old Mrs. Ippy'' has an old lady lynched twice by the townsfolk. She comes back to life one last time to punish a man who murdered his daughter on her property,
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Frequently, as a source of PsychologicalHorror. Even when it isn't outright stated, the protagonist usually has some role in allowing some horror or other to spread/escape.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In ''Driftwood'', the Darkness manages to corrupt the Deer King *just* enough to turn him into the undying guardian of its prison.
* NightmareFace:
** Jeff the Killer mutilated his own face to remove his eyebrows and nose.
** Sonic.exe has bleeding, black eyes with red pupils and quite possibly the most sadistic grin ever seen.
** And then there's Smile Dog, Mr. Widemouth, the Suicide Mouse image... Creepypastas are FILLED with these.
* NightmarishFactory: The climax of "Burgrr" takes place in a factory that looks like it was, well, imagine a slaughterhouse redesigned by a clown college and left to rot for 50 or so years. It's guarded by a horde of creatures made from its castoffs, fused together by the energy coming from the portal back to its home dimension.
** ''The Other Side of the Grave'' has the protagonist running through a machine that reconstitutes dead people from masses of bone and organs. It's apparently an effort to rescue people from [[AndIMustScream being dead yet concious.]]
** ''The Unhappiest Place on Earth'' has the Disney mascots constructed by a factory underneath Disneyworld. It uses snooping patrons as raw materials.
* NightmareRetardant: Soviet Creepypasta, which pits supernatural horror against [[RussianGuySuffersMost slavic long-suffering]].
** ''Marshmallows'' is about a guy who [[FreakOut has a meltdown]] over not having any marshmallows to put in his cocoa.
** ''Does Anyone Know a Plumber?'' shows what happens when the protagonist just does not give a fuck, on the level of "Deadpool is doing this" does not care. He half-asses the ritual and he ends up with ''something'' that won't leave. His shower also leaks really bad. [[spoiler: He's more concerned with the leaky shower, because his landlord is coming over.]]
** ''The Only Sensible Ritual Pasta'' has the protagonist listen to (and argue with) the narrator. He decides to jimmy the lock on the back door of the HellGate of an obstace course he's supposed to go through, rather than actually do a maze that runs through Hell.
* NintendoHard: "Killswitch" is a rare example of a pasta about a mysterious game that is ''not'' TheMostDangerousVideoGame, but can still break the mind and soul of its players. ''Killswitch'' has two playable characters, each with their own story: a woman who [[{{Sizeshifter}} randomly changes size]] and a demon who [[{{Invisibility}} is invisible]]. The problem is that the game was intentionally released in very limited supply, each copy can only be installed once, the files cannot be copied, and the game uninstalls itself upon beating it; therefore making it impossible to experience both characters' stories without tracking down another copy. Playing as an invisible character turns even the simplest jumps into PlatformHell, so every player attempting the demon's story inevitably gets frustrated and switches over to the woman, just so they can play a game they can actually ''beat'', therefore nobody knows what happens in the demon's story. The last known copy of the game was purchased for a ridiculous sum of money by a Japanese gamer who intended to LetsPlay the demon's story for the world to see. The only video released is a 2-minute video filmed with a camera of him staring at the character select screen and crying, evidently having been broken by the extreme difficulty and desperately wanting to switch, while at the same time not wanting all that money to go to waste.
* NoFourthWall: "They Are Watching Me" (and many stories like it) addresses the person reading them as an attempt to scare the reader with [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou the threat of the malevolent entity from the story coming after them next]].
** [[ They will come for you. They will remove you. And then... and then...]]
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: "Love", mentioned above, is about one of these. Unlike most though, he's not evil at all, though he gets ''scary'' when he's pissed.
** "Mr. Widemouth", on the other hand, is much more malevolent.
%%* NothingIsScarier: The very backbone a lot of these are built on.
* NotUsingTheZWord: Averted. If the Horror of the story is an old chestnut monster, the protagonists are usually quick to identify them by name.
%%* OffscreenTeleportation: The Horror present is often capable of this.
* OldShame: In-universe; the reason the Lost Episode "[[ Mickey's Best Friend]]" is "lost" in the first place is because it became one of these to Walt Disney.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Anytime someone starts acting unusual, run.

%%* OrganTheft: Keep a close eyes on your liver, mate.
* OrificeInvasion: Yes, given that most of the Horrors are [[PersonalSpaceInvader personal space violators]].
* OurMonstersAreWeird:
** OurAngelsAreDifferent:
*** ''We Made an Angel'' is about an angel forged from the collective will of the townsfolk who summoned it, making it a kind of golem. It mutates into a demon after the townspeople start doing worse and worse things to keep it around.
*** ''Where Do The Dead Things Go?'' has the protagonist encounter an Angel with multiple heads, wings, and eyes as described in the Bible when he discovers that his house is haunted. They're the reason that people aren't up to their eyes in ghosts in the same way flies are the reason people aren't up to their eyes in carrion.
** OurDemonsAreDifferent:
*** The "[[JediTruth Angel]]" from "The Angel in the Computer" trilogy is a creature that forcibly seperates sapient creatures from their souls and feeds on them over the course of eternity, or a harbinger of a race that does so. The EmptyShell left over becomes a psychopath.
** OurGhostsAreDifferent: Oh to be sure there's lots of "Ahh-ooh-aah, I died tragically" style ghosts (see GhostStory for those guys), but there's other kinds as well.
*** In ''Something Lived in my Brother's Room While He Was Away,'' the narrator theorizes that ghosts are simply creatures that fill the empty spaces where people should be.
*** In ''There's No Such Thing as Ghosts,'' the ghost turns out to be an EldritchAbomination in the market for a reality in the same way a man might go house-hunting, and murder houses are simply weak points they can slip through and tour their potential new properties.
** OurGhoulsAreCreepier: The base form of the creature from ''The Horror from the Vault'' is described as "A ghoul with no face". It's a larval form of [[spoiler: TheAssimilator]]
*** ''Box Borne Wraith'' is about a mobster who is BuriedAlive, and makes friends with the famine-struck colony of ghouls who dig him... down. He offers to send them his old mob buddies if they let him go.
** OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Broken Glass Beast, from "A Touch Of Glass." A magical construct made of multicolored broken glass is certaintly not the first thing that comes to mind when you imagine bloodsuckers.
*** ''My Grandfather Demanded I Be Cremated'' has the protagonist's gtandmother come back as a Strigoi.
*** ''I Was Trapped in a Basement for Ten Years'' has a boy kidnapped by a very pale man who cuts the kid's throat with a sharpened fingernail every two weeks so he can drink his blood. He says that he's "better than a vampire" when told he can't possibly be one.
** OurZombiesAreDifferent:
*** ''Wrath'' is about a bhodak (zombies who transfer the infection by eye contact) apocalypse.
** ''Persuaded'' takes a page from ''ComicBook/{{Crossed}},'' and has the zombies fully sapient and trying to get the protagonist to join them.
* PaedoHunt: "[[ Salt House]]" at first appears to be the story of a pedophile spying on his next victim, plotting the best way to kill the boy's father while gleefully fantasizing about having his way with the "beautiful" boy afterwards. After he kills the other guy, [[spoiler:it's revealed that ''he's'' the boy's father, and the ''other guy'' was the pedophile who had just incurred the wrath of PapaWolf]].
* PainfulTransformation:
** Jack's agonizing transformation into a Drone Jeff in "Trust Me, Part 2"
** It sure sounds like [[spoiler: Cicci's transformation hurts.]]
** Marissa's evolution into a cancer-zombie at the end of ''A Cure for Cancer''.
* ParanoiaFuel: Most of the protagonists get haunted through no fault of their own, just something malevolent and supernatural deciding, out of the blue, to screw with them.
** ''Gristers'' is about a guy who hears a scuffling noise ''while reading a creepypasta'', and discovers that there's a race of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent invisible, rat-like humanoids that feed on fear]] running around. And they ''hate'' being seen. The more scared one is, the more likely one is to see them. They're not intangible; they killed his cat and a random commuter to Send Him a Message.
* PlayingWithSyringes: An entire category detailing unethical experiments, usually vivisections or MindRape psychological procedures.
** ''A Cure for Cancer'' is about a cancer-obsessed scientist giving his ex pancreatic cancer so he can save her. It goes awry, and he tests a stem-cell based cure on her. Long story short, the cure allows the cancer to entirely take her over without killing her, turning her into what can only be described as a "cancer-zombie".
%%* PersonalHorror: All the time.
* ProperlyParanoid: ''Psychosis'' is about a {{Hikikomori}} who becomes convinced that there's ''something'' watching him from his computer, trying to convince him to leave his apartment and undergo UnwillingRoboticization. The epilouge is from the point-of-view of a cyborgified psyciatrist who admires his resolve-or, at least, as much as [=SkyNet=] lets him, that is...
%%* PsychologicalHorror: The very fabric of most of these.
* PuppeteerParasite:
** Worm Jeff is one of these, at least after his host has completed their transformation.
** The otherworldly beings in [[ No Pity for the Dead]].
** ''The Crawling House on Black Pond Road'' has the CruelTwistEnding that the protagonist's boyfriend was infested by wasp larvae. He'd been acting strange since they'd investigated the titular house...
** ''Zombie Fungus'' involves a guy's brother acting weird since he got home from a college trip to a rainforest. He'd been infected by a strain of ''Cordryceps'' mutated to affect humans.
%%* PurpleProse: Often combined with {{Gorn}} to rather unfortunate effect.
* RealityEnsues:
** [[ This story]] takes a decidedly more realistic take on Jeff The Killer. [[spoiler: Jeff's murder spree ends soon after it begins. Jeff may be a psychopath but he's still just a 13-year-old who cut his face up. He's effortlessly fought off in his last two attacks and the GlasgowSmile and burns he gave himself end up quickly getting infected and he dies after only a few days. The story ends with the implication that any other "Jeffs" that we see in stories are just copycat killers inspired by him.]]
** ''Russian Sleep Experiment'' ends with the final remaining test subject getting a dose of this. [[spoiler:The subject threatens the researcher trapped in with him that he has now become the sum total of all that humans fear. The researcher, in response, simply pulls out a gun and shoots the subject dead. Terrifying or not, the subject was still human.]]
** [[ Mickey's Best Friend]] is a good example of how people would ''really'' react to a "lost" episode of a normally family-friendly story with dark and disturbing subject matter--the titular Mickey Mouse short of [[spoiler:Mickey performing a lobotomy on a dog friend of his, turning him into Pluto]] is universally panned by critics who considered it to be SoBadItsHorrible, it doesn't affect anyone badly beyond giving them nightmares, MoralGuardians immediately demand that the short be banned due to the way it scared their kids and the whole thing becomes a massive OldShame for Creator/WaltDisney and everyone else involved in making it.
* RedSkyTakeWarning: [[ "Red Sky at Night"]], of course.
* ReligiousHorror: ''Please Avoid a Church Called The Last Supper'' is about a heretical cult who performs the Eucharist (Last Supper) by cannibalizing the pastor.
** ''Why I Became an Atheist'' is about a sect who sacrifice their most prized possession to show their devotion to God. While it sounds like a simple "[[ Bonfire of the Vanities]]" ritual, this involved the protagonist being ordered to kill his own dog, and when he couldn't go through with it, the pastor wrestled him down and carved the MarkOfTheBeast into the boy's forearm.
** ''The Day I Lost my Faith'' involves the Devil himself disrupting the narrator's church service, killing several congregants in the process.
* TheReveal:
** [[ This version of "The Third Wish"]] shows us ''who'' the old man is. [[spoiler: And it holds true to his old adage: "[[Music/ElvisPresley Wise men say only fools rush in]]."]]
** [[ The Hippie.]] You might not get it right away. [[spoiler:The "hippie" is Jesus, and the "end of the world" he mentions is Rapture.]]
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: ''A Group Of People are Targeting Kids on You Tube'' is based on some disturbing, real videos brought to the company's attention mid november 2017. The story's publish date is similar to the news story.
%%* ROMHack: Some of these Creepypastas are this.
%%* {{Room101}}: In any that take place in hotels.
%%* RoomFullOfCrazy
* RuleOfScary: Some of these monsters and horrors make no damn sense in design or motive. More often than not, ''that's exactly what's so scary about them.''
** Who is [[ ''he''?]] And where did ''he'' come from? What does ''he'' want?
* RuleThirtyFour: Yes, there are creepypastas about sexytimes as well. Trust me, though, they are ''not'' arousing. They usually involve said times [[GoneHorriblyWrong going horribly wrong]].
%%* RussianReversal: In Soviet Russia, Creepypasta [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]].
%%* SafeZoneHopeSpot: Averted. Don't count on there being one, bucko.
* SanitySlippage: Sean in [[ "Red Sky at Night"]] seems like the most stable and capable character until he starts to believe he's in "The Odyssy".
* ScreamerPrank: ''The .GIF'', which is about a smiley face made up of a mouth and eyes cut-out, which turns into a frowny face. Then, it screams at you, shows some horrific imagery, and closes your internet browser. People who watch it in its entirety are found dead with a smiley face [[CouldntFindAPen drawn in blood]] next to them. Luckily, the image board immediately takes it down it and bans whoever tries to re-upload it, possibly the only use of the "removed it after 5 minutes and blocked me" cliche' for a benevolent reason, ever.
* SchmuckBait:
** Don't visit the website in [[ Click Reload]]. If you do, however, then [[ResetButton never stop clicking reload]]. Or trick someone else into taking the schmuck bait so that ''they'' have to click reload forever instead of you.
** Click a link? Merely ''reading'' [[ They Are Watching Me. And Now They Are Watching You]] is enough to make ''Them'' come for you.
** Also, do not watch Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv. Even though you can find the full video very easily, despite the story's claims. In fact, [[ here it is]].
%%* SelfDeprecation: Why not turn your own critics into [[ the narrator of you next story?]]
%%* SerialEscalation: How many more powers can The Slender Man have?
* ShockSite: Some of the more disturbing images associated with creepypasta, like SMILE.jpg or Jeff The Killer, are frequently used for this purpose. Sometimes, like with Normal Porn For Normal People, a Creepypasta is centered ''around'' a supposed ShockSite that is too scary.
* ShoutOut: To us(!) ''[=SimAlbert=]'' describes the emponymous character's Sim!Family as "what TV Tropes calls 'DysfunctionJunction'".
** ''Broken Brush'' is a DarkerAndEdgier take on ''FanFic/{{Toyhammer}}''.
%%* SinisterScrapingSound: I hope you're not honestly dumb enough to go investigating it.
* SnowMeansDeath: A [[ recent]] addition to The Creepypasta Wiki kicks off when it randomly begins snowing in the middle of May...
%%** As you'd probably expect, "Snow on Mt. Silver" is all about this.
* SpaceIsolationHorror: ''Lost Cosmonaut'' is about a Russian woman who goes into space before Yuri Gagarin. She finds a "muttnik" capsule with half of a childs body orbiting it. When she threatens to tell, MissionControl blasts her into a higher orbit to starve or suffocate.
** ''In From the Cold'' has the protagonist alone in a moon base after the other astronaut died in an airlock malfunction. [[spoiler: The dead astronaut tries to get back in...]]
** One has an experimental FTL engine fail, and the crew goes insane, eventually dying until the automatic return kicks in.
** In ''Thaw,'' sometime in the distant future, a man wakes up from his cryonic suspension onboard a spaceship, only to find himself [[CryonicsFailure only partially dethawed and trapped in his capsule, which seems to have failed.]] Then, he notices that the ship is on emergency lighting, and even that seems to be failing. THEN he notices that the other capsules in the room have also failed and either contains decayed corpses or blood splatters like someone bashed their heads open from the inside. Realizing that some sort of disaster has befallen the ship, he suddenly notices that they are still in orbit around Earth, having never left... except this Earth has a giant glacier of a new ice age covering most of the northern hemisphere, and no signs of human cities anywhere...
** In ''I Was an Astronaut and I Experienced Something Terrifying,'' the narrator has someone knock on the door of his capsule. He and his co-pilot are the only living things within several million miles...
*** In some versions, "It" masquerades as his copilot, who begs him not to open the airlock.
** In ''The Lonely Stars,'' the protagonist and his space station is thrown back 1500 years in time by a NegativeSpaceWedgie. The story ends just as he begins to succumb to SpaceMadness.
* SnuffFilm: The creepypastas titled "Snuff Film". The first posits that many snuff films have been made and distributed around the world dating all the way back to 1896, with the latest hailing from 1984 [[spoiler:and all of them have the exact same nineteen-year-old girl as the "star".]] The second describes a bunch of snuff films in gory detail, the very worst one being saved for the end [[spoiler:which the narrator considers their finest work.]]
** ''My Buddy Sandman'' is about a RatedMForManly game featuring lots of gore and sex getting shut down because it's revealed that the digitized photos it uses are actually photos of dead hookers that some members of the dev team murdered themselves.
%%** Literature/HappyAppy has a lot of this, and says the trope by name.
* SoBadItsHorrible: In-universe; the LostEpisode creepypasta ''[[ Mickey's Best Friend]]'' is written as a wiki article and discusses that the titular short film was universally panned for its disturbing content.
* SoleSurvivor: The narrator of ''The Harbinger Experiment'' was the only person involved in said experiment that lived to tell the tale, with Subject #1 killing one of the guards before getting shot down and Subject #3 claiming Zimmerman and everyone else in the bunker.
* SpiderPeople: The titular monster from ''My Sister Silvia.''
* SpookyPainting: Check.
* SpookyPhotographs: Double check.
* StandInPortrait: The above two sometimes turn out to be this.
* StalkerWithACrush: ''Dear Abbey'' is written from the point-of-view of one.
* StylisticSuck:
** [[ Anansi's Goatman Story]] is supposed to have been written by a teenager on 4chan, so it has an abundance of cursing and poor grammar. The readers seem to be [[BrokenBase split]] on whether this is too distracting or it makes the story more realistic.
** [[UpToEleven A whole wiki]] [[Wiki/TrollpastaWiki for Stylistic Suck creepypastas.]] [[ Have fun!]]
%%* SturgeonsLaw: There's a lot of CreepyPasta. Most [[MemeticMutation famously]], WHO WAS PHONE?
%%** And then there's [[ Deth Trumpet]]...
* SubvertedKidsShow:
** Many of the "lost episode" and "The Truth Behind [show]" 'pastas, describing horrific episodes that never got aired (or were [[HilarityEnsues mistakenly aired]]) and putting forth theories that the characters are based off dead children respectively.
** DarthWiki/CandleCove and Literature/HappyAppy are about "children's shows" that quickly gain a darkly supernatural bent.
** [[ Sally.exe]] (a sequel to Sonic.exe), which describes a disturbingly edited episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' and a scary RomHack. (Two 'pastas for the price of one!)
%%* SugaryMalice: [[spoiler:Maria]] from [[ "Welcome Home"]].
%%* SurrealHorror: This isn't just the backbone or essence of CreepyPasta. This is the very string they're woven out of!
%%* TearsOfBlood: So common as to be a cliche.
* SwampsAreEvil: ''Voices in the Fog'' is about a paranormal investigator who interviews someone about the legends surrounding the local bog. The bog had become claimed by a demon known as "The Mother of the Bog" who demanded blood sacrifice. The local tribe of Indians would bury their dead there, but that stopped when the tribe was displaced. Now she lures people into the bog and kills them, enslaving them as zombies.
** ''Bog of Whispers'' is about a guy and his friend who go camping near a haunted swamp that gained sentience from all the people and animals who died in it over the centuries.
* ThatsNoMoon: The final tree/stage visited in "[[ Adam & the Tree Climbers]]" [[spoiler: is actually what is presumably the game's final boss, the demonic Tree Caller.]]
* TheThemeParkVersion: 'The Puppet Master's Regime" might be excused by the fact that the story is being told to us by a modern college student, telling us what he finds significant, even if the events primarily take place in the 1920s and 1930s. The views on pedophilia are more- or- less correct (age of consent laws developed in the 19th century), but no one ever seems to comment on the pedophile being a homosexual.
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: And you will either only know them for [[CruelAndUnusualDeath for a very short time]], or [[AndIMustScream for a very long time]] but [[BodyHorror forcefully and bodily silenced.]]
%%** The secrets of [[ The Codex Rusembrae]].
* TheTopicOfCancer: ''A Cure for Cancer'' has a teen genius obsessed with curing cancer infects his ex girlfriend with a bioweapon intended to cause pancreatic cancer, which he thinks will be easy to cure since he engineered it under contract by the CIA. The plan [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]], as the cancer metasizes into every single one of her organs. He remembers one of his proposed cures, which was using stem cells to remap the circulatory system, starving the tumors. This was a bust, however, since he couldn't get enough stem cells. The disease and cure react strangely, turning her into a zombie-like creature made entirely from cancer.
** ''Cancer'' is about a woman who undergoes cancer treatment circa [[TheDungAges 500 AD]]. This one has [[spoiler: a happy ending, however.]]
%%* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: And in the morning, and noon, and afternoon...
* ThisIsADrill: ''Salt House'' has the protagonist kill [[spoiler: the pedophile who kidnapped his son]] by shoving a power drill up his nose.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The wiki has an entire category labelled "Mental Illness"
* TimeMaster: Jeremy, the antagonist of "The Strangest Security Tape I've Ever Seen" appears to be this--at one point, he even manages to trap the protagonist's observations of the security tapes in a constant loop. Then it's implied that he's much, ''much'' worse...
* TitledAfterTheSong: ''Dream Weaver'' is about a guy who participates in a dream-recording experiment. Of course, there's also the Gary White song by the same name (you know; "Ooh Dream Weaver, I believe you get me through the ni-ight...").
%%* TomatoSurprise: Quite a few. For example, "[[ A Diary from a Dead Planet Called Earth]]".
%%** More examples are "[[ Cold Oblivion]]", "[[ Doors]]", and "[[ Experiment 84-B]]"
* TooDumbToLive: How else do you think so many of the protagonists get hunted/haunted? This is especially true in TheMostDangerousVideoGame-style creepypastas. Unless there's a supernatural force forcing them to keep playing, you'll probably hear some variation of "I knew I should probably stop playing, but I didn't" at some point.
** Andy in [[ IT Dept. Water Cooler Welcome Thread]] knows very well what company he's working for, and yet continues to run his mouth.
* TheTetrisEffect: Played for [[NightmareFuel all the horror it can muster]]! [[ The Fine Line]] involves a player getting addicted to a life simulator game and becoming impressed with how real it was. {{Non Player Character}}s reacting in realistic ways, events he caused in the game having long lasting effects on the rest of the in-game world, and how robust the physics engine seemed to be. Eventually, [[spoiler: he starts going out of his way to cause as much chaos as possible just to see how for he could push the game's realism; hi-jacking planes, causing wildfires, and even ordering components from the games internet to construct a bomb. However, in the end, he realizes the hard way that not ''all'' of what he did was in-game...]]
%%* TownWithADarkSecret: Every damn last one of them!
%%* TwistEnding: Expect this. A lot. The wiki has a category called "Shock Ending".
%%** [[ The Twist: A Parody]] devotes itself to this trope.
%%* TragicMonster: It's surprisingly rare to do this successfully but when it's pulled off well, it's pulled off VERY well.
%%* TrollFic: An [[ entire wiki's worth!]]
* UncannyValley: In-universe; in [[ Anansi's Goatman Story]], when the creature is scratching at the trailer door, it begs for the protagonists to let it in (imitating their friend's words earlier). It is noted to lack normal speech cadence, which is one of the things that makes it obvious to the protagonists that what they are dealing is not human.
** A few have whatever's iut to get the protagonist speak in the voice of a loved one, but with a CreepyMonotone.
%%* UnusualEuphemism: The "'''games'''" in ''How To Play Alone''.
* UnwinnableByDesign: Chapter 32 "Go" is impossible to win, due to how the game is set up. You write the name down of... ''something'', which will hunt you down. You can't exactly win the game, as the first paragraph mentions [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption "This game will be played for an eternity".]]
* UrbanFantasy: "''I am The Cleaner''" is about a HunterOfMonsters, whose job is to deal with the supernatural baddies usually featured in Creepypastas.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The author of ''They Are Watching Me. And Now They are Watching You'' very clearly has worked in a customer service call center.
%%* VideoGameCaringPotential: Sim Albert.
%%* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Usually lampshaded, and often results in VideoGameCrueltyPunishment... that exceeds the fourth wall.
%%* ViralTransformation: More than a few protagonists ended up in the same boat as their tormentor.
* WeirdWest: ''Home on Derranged'' is about a cowboy who gets lost on his ranch one day, and is chased back to his house by an undead horse in the middle of the night.
* WhamLine: In [[ No Pity for the Dead]]
-->'''Elmebrigge:''' "Well, some [of those possessed by ancient eldritch abominations] have been known to talk in their sleep. Others may shake their leg absent-mindedly whenever they sit for a while. Others, when they read something, say, a book or newspaper, will mouth the words to themselves. Some will have songs they haven't heard in years, or only know a few line of, recur in their heads in a seemingly endless loop."
-->'''Zeddicker:''' "That's impossible. That describes a lot of people."
-->'''Elmebrigge:''' "Yes, it does. Quite a lot of people. Millions, perhaps."
** In "[[ Chinese Letters]]", after the protagonist asks why his aunt's talisman faces the wall:
-->'''Aunt:''' "It's supposed to be that way. The wordings on the paper are supposed to face where evil spirits will come from."
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: One advice towards writing a creepypasta is to try to keep within the willing suspension of disbelief, especially when it comes to a video game Creepypasta.
* WritersCannotDoMath:
** "Russian Sleep Experiment", while an effective horror piece, has several discrepancies with the number of living subjects. At one point, before [[spoiler: any of them have died, the story describes the activities of two and then refers to "the remaining two" (there are 5 at this point). When they are removed from the chamber, one is already dead, one is killed during the struggle to remove them, and one dies on the operating table, yet the story continues as if three are still alive, not two.]]
** "Foreign Exchange Program" also states that twelve people were chosen - however, four decided to stay, two died off, and seven returned. Where did that thirteenth person come from?
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Implied at the end of "Normal Porn for Normal People"--the last video described consists of [[spoiler:one of the actresses being tied to a bed by two of the people running the site and then brutally mauled to death by a shaved, abused chimpanzee]]. The title of this video is "Useless.avi".
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Jeff the Killer. That creepy person that murdered his family? He's only thirteen. In the original story, that is. There are some fan-theories about how many years ago it took place and how old Jeff would be now. It gets...complicated.
%%* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: You'd be amazed at how many are reliant on the main character ignoring all warning labels and sign posts for the fun to begin.
%%* ZombieApocalypse: The setting for some stories.

->[[NightmareRetardant Then, a]] ''[[NightmareRetardant skeleton]]'' [[NightmareRetardant popped out]].

And just in case you were planning on sleeping tonight... [[ here's the antidote.]]